Logos 4: Search Highlighting Styles

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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If you’re like I am you can relate to this scenario:

We read a print book highlighting the main points in blue as we go. After completing the book, we ask ourselves, Now where was that insight the author gave about obeying God? So we flip back through the book only looking at the highlights until we locate the desired information.

Here’s how to replicate this search in Logos:

To highlight text in a resource:

  • Open a Logos book such as Biblical Ethics by Oswald Chambers
  • Choose Tools | Highlighting to open the Highlighting pane
  • Select text in the book that you want to highlight
  • Click a Highlighting style such as the Blue Highlighter pen
  • Continue highlighting as you read the book

To search highlighted text in a resource:

  • Open the book to be searched such as Biblical Ethics
  • Open the Search panel
  • Select Basic as the search type
  • Select Biblical Ethics from the resource(s) to be searched drop down list
  • Click the list first drop down list which is the text to be searched (which probably says All Text)
  • Click the arrow next to a highlighting palette such as Highlighter Pens
  • Click a specific highlighting style such as Blue Highlighter (you have just limited the search range to the blue highlights in Biblical Ethics)
  • Click outside the drop down list to close it
  • Enter the a search query in the search panel’s Find box
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results

Each time you highlight something in a resource, that highlighting style becomes a search field that can be searched. Please note that the highlighting styles do not appear in the text to be searched drop down list until after you use that specific style to highlight the resource. You can use these steps for any type of resource: Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, etc!

This search technique is but one of many powerful features covered in detail in the soon to be released Camp Logos 2 Live DVD training series, which is set to ship next week!

How does highlighting help you study more effectively? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: December 3

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of December 02, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

LinkedIn

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Pre-Pubs

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

New to Community Pricing

These Community Pricing products are getting close to meeting their production cost. Don’t miss out on these savings!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer postings on our Careers page:

Marketing Department

Sales

Publications

Software Development

Ministry Development

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

NIV Now on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Biblia.com

We recently reached a new agreement with Zondervan to make the NIV available on the iPhone, iPad, and Android apps. This is big news: the world’s most popular Bible translation since the King James Version is now available on the most advanced tool for Bible study on mobile devices and tablets.

How to Get the NIV on Your iPhone, iPad, or Android Device

If you have Bible Study Library or higher, then there’s nothing extra you need to do to get the NIV. You already own it. You can access it on your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or Biblia.com right now.

If you own Christian Home Library, or you don’t own a base package, you’ll need to download the NIV. But keep in mind that it’s a much better idea to get the NIV as part of a base package. For example, if you upgrade from Christian Home Library to Bible Study Library, you’ll get the NIV, plus almost 200 additional resources—all for around $115. Otherwise, you would pay $26.95 for just the NIV. As you can see, getting the NIV as part of a base package is the way to go. (Note that these prices are current as of December 2, 2011.)

More Than an Ebook

With the Logos app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet, the NIV is fully integrated with the most powerful digital library available anywhere for Bible study.

Logos mobile apps equip the NIV with reading plans, searching, word studies, and other features. With the app, any Bible reference in any book in your library can be set to link back to the NIV. This seamless integration makes reading the Logos app the optimal mobile platform for reading and studying the NIV.

If you don’t have the Logos app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet yet, download it now!

Perseus and the Greek Background of the New Testament

On September 30 we released over 1,700 free books in the seven Perseus collections. With all the collections available for free download, a lot of people are asking “How can I use Perseus for Bible study?”

Dr. David Instone-Brewer, Senior Research Fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament for Tyndale House, recently published an informative article on the combined efficacy of Perseus and Logos 4 in studying the Greek context of the New Testament.

“The combination in Logos of the Perseus material and the Duke Databank of Papyri makes this Logos collection more useful for NT research than any other collection of Greek literature,” says Dr. Instone-Brewer. “In my opinion, the Logos implementation of Perseus is now the best tool available for studying classical Greek background of the Bible.”

In the article, Dr. Instone-Brewer digs into the submission of women in the New Testament, and how to study this topic using Scripture alongside Greek classical literature from the Perseus collections.

The Perseus Collections are free, so if you haven’t downloaded them yet, download all seven collections today!

Do you have a favorite resource in the Perseus Collections? Leave us a comment and let us know which one and what you like about it!

Don’t Miss Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible on Community Pricing!

The time to save on the Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.), is growing short. There’s only a short amount of time left before it leaves Community Pricing, so place your bid today to get in on this limited-time low price!

Editor and biblical scholar James Hastings, who also edited the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels, and the one-volume Dictionary of the Bible, put together this 4,500 page reference work. Hastings Dictionary of the Bible has writings and analyses from over 150 scholars and discusses more than 1,500 terms, making this a valuable resource to any Bible student.

The first four volumes each contain 900 pages of definitions of people, places, terms, and ideas like Abraham, education, jealousy, Kingdom of God, Palestine, plagues, the Sadducees, and hundreds more. The fifth volume includes helpful maps, articles, and indexes to support the other volumes in this collection.

The Dictionary of the Bible is searchable by subject, and with over 1,500 terms to research, it’s sure to enrich your Logos library tremendously.

Be sure to place your bid today and get this great deal!

An Interview with Dr. William Varner

Dr. William Varner’s To Love God and to Love Others: A Devotional Commentary on James is now available on Pre-Pub. I had the honor of sitting down with Dr. Varner at this year’s Evangelical Theological Society’s meeting in San Francisco to ask him a few questions about his new commentary on James.

Logos: Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions Dr. Varner. Could you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

Dr. Varner: I was saved at the age of 17, did my undergraduate work at Bob Jones University, and then went on to receive my M.Div. and Th.M. (NT) at Biblical Seminary in PA. Along the way I also picked up an M.A. in Judaic studies at Dropsie College and an Ed.D. in theological education from Temple University. I teach at the Master’s College in Santa Clarita and I also pastor the Sojourners Fellowship at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.

Logos: How did this devotional commentary on James come to fruition?

Dr. Varner: Last winter I published a technical commentary on the Greek text of James. It was aimed at scholars and developed a discourse analysis perspective on the book. By the way, it is also available through Logos! The flock of three hundred folks that I pastor was mostly unable to benefit from the commentary due to its technical, linguistic nature. So I began posting on my blog some practical comments on James based on my research, but not expressing the ideas in technical language. I then edited those posts, added some new material, and also added a personal prayer after each section. Logos liked the idea and the rest is history.

Logos: What makes To Love God and to Love Others different from traditional commentaries on James?

Dr. Varner: Only that I try to work harder at applying the practical message of James even more than good traditional commentaries. Pastors and teachers can also utilize the comments since they are presented in outline “sermonic” form. Because James uses so much of the teaching of Jesus, it was easy to come up with the title, To Love God and Others, since Jesus uses such a “creed” to summarize the OT (Matt 22:37-39). James does the same, with a strong dose of our horizontal love to others. But he does not neglect our vertical love to God either. There is more theology in James than many realize. He is not just a moralist. His ethics are theologically grounded.

Logos: How can one incorporate your devotional commentary into their daily Bible study?

Dr. Varner: The reader can work through the sections of James one at a time, say six days a week, and finish the book in about five weeks. I have included the entire English text of James, so you can read a passage of 4-5 verses, and then read my devotional comments. Finally—and this is something that a commentary rarely does—I append a brief personal prayer at the end of each section where I try to formulate the truths in that passage into the petitions of the prayer. I try to follow the old three step approach: observe, interpret, apply.

Logos: Do you have any other writings on James forthcoming?

Dr. Varner: I am glad you asked. I am presently finishing work on another exegetical commentary on James, to be included in the series called the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. It is about twice as long as the discourse commentary that I previously mentioned and probably 10 times longer than the devotional commentary. I might add that Logos is sponsoring the publication of this significant set of commentaries on the entire Bible. I think that mine will be the second New Testament volume to appear.

Logos: Thanks Dr. Varner for taking the time to answer some questions.

If you want to get To Love God and to Love Others: A Devotional Commentary at the amazing Pre-Pub price of $6.95 make sure you place your order soon.

15% Discount on Base Packages for the Holidays!

Whether you are a pastor, seminary student, Bible study leader, or are in need of an incredible tool for personal devotions, we have the perfect Logos 4 base package available for you. And we have extended the 15% off sale on base packages through the holidays! Simply use the coupon code SAVE15 to save.

Logos 4 is user-friendly enough to keep up on Bible and devotional reading; but powerful enough to be a personal research assistant in sermon preparation, dissertation writing, and in-depth Bible study. The intuitive nature, coupled with the adaptability of Logos 4, makes it a resource that is both capable and convenient.

Best Packages: Still Your Best Value

If you think about it, base packages are already an incredible deal. Take, for instance, Scholar’s Library: Platinum. With Platinum, you get over 1,200 resources worth nearly $18,000 in print:

That is already a savings of over 90% off the price of equivalent print editions. With the 15% holiday discount, you can save more than $250 on Scholar’s Library: Platinum!

Your Base Package on the Go!

When you add the benefits of mobility to Logos 4, things go from great to amazing! Imagine having your resources available on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device or accessing your books in any web browser on Biblia.com. Having your resources in the cloud means they are always there for you when you need them.

So check out our base packages and see which one is right for you, then save  15% off throughout the holidays using the coupon code SAVE15!

This Is Your Last Chance for Black Friday Savings!

Putting together the 2011 Black Friday sale has been a blast! We truly enjoy coming up with fun events that allow our users to save big on valuable resources. Unfortunately, the time to take advantage of these colossal deals is swiftly coming to an end. The Black Friday 2011 deals end tonight, November 28, at midnight (PST)!

But It’s Not Too Late!

The Black Friday Master Bundle

There is still time to purchase the hefty Black Friday Master Bundle. For only $999.95, you can own this 160-volume collection and save yourself over 85%!

You will get books by today’s top scholars:

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! If you were to buy all these books in print, you would spend over $6,400. Even if you bought these books on Logos.com any other week of the year, you would have to pay more than $4,000. If you pick them up before midnight tonight, you get them for only $999.95—that’s a huge savings!

Enormous Deals on Popular Picks!

We are offering twelve of our most popular titles and collections at their lowest prices ever. It isn’t too late to find some phenomenal deals on titles like:

3 Additional Bundles

If you’re interested in particular titles from the colossal Black Friday Master Bundle, you can also take advantage of smaller bundles focused on the Old Testament, New Testament, and Bible reference. Each bundle contains dozens of bestsellers at around 80% off their list prices.

But That’s Not All!

Take advantage of the time that remains to go to Logos.com/BlackFriday and enter to win $250 in Logos cash! We will have 5 winners, there is no purchase necessary, and you can enter multiple times! Imagine the things you could get at Logos for $250—wow!

The time to save big on our Black Friday deals is running out. At midnight tonight, all of these sales come to an end. So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of these incredible offers while there’s still time!

Save Almost 85% with the Black Friday Master Bundle

When we put the Black Friday Master Bundle together, we created a collection of genuine value. We pulled together some of our best content: new releases, standard reference sets, bestsellers, and top commentaries and are offering it at one rock-bottom price.

Big Savings

For only $995.95, you get 157 volumes of top-shelf resources. If you were to buy all these books in print, you would spend over $6,400. Even if you bought these books on Logos.com any other week of the year, you would have to pay more than $4,000. But you can get every book in this collection for almost 85% off through Monday, November 28!

Powerful Resources

What kinds of collections will you find in the Black Friday Master Bundle? Well, you can find resources like:

If you were to buy these 5 collections alone from Logos.com you would spend more than $1,049— that’s $49.05 more than the cost of the Black Friday Master Bundle! With the Master Bundle you get these incredible collections plus 109 more volumes! That’s a lot of additional content for virtually nothing!

Take Advantage of Logos Payment Plans

We know that some of our users have a strict book purchasing budget. With the interest-free Logos Payment Plan, you can pick up the Black Friday Master Bundle for about $88 a month. Simply select the  Payment Plan option at checkout and keep your Black Friday purchase within your book budget.

Don’t forget, we have other Black Friday sales happening!

3 Additional Bundles

If you are interested in particular titles from the colossal Black Friday Master Bundle, you can also take advantage of smaller bundles focused on the Old Testament, New Testament, and Bible Reference. Each bundle contains dozens of bestsellers at around 80% off their list prices.

Lowest Prices Ever on Our Top Collections

In addition to the special Black Friday bundles, we’ve also taken twelve of our top products and marked them at steep discounts. So while you are picking up Black Friday bundles, you can still find some phenomenal deals on our top books and collections at the lowest prices we’ve ever offered.

Don’t Forget, You Can Enter to Win Logos Cash!

Head over to Logos.com/BlackFriday and enter to win. There is no purchase necessary, and you could end up with $250 in Logos cash to spend on even more great resources!

Act Soon, These Prices Won’t Last

All of our Black Friday prices end Monday, November 28! So act quickly, and take advantage of some of the best deals we have ever offered on these resources.

Vyrso’s Black Friday Sale: Inspirational Savings!

Get Piper’s A Holy Ambition Free!

There are some fantastic Black Friday sales happening right now at Vyrso.com, including an exclusive digital edition of John Piper’s A Holy Ambition. Vyrso is the only place you will find Piper’s ebook—and it’s free!

You’ll find more Christian titles for free on Vyrso this weekend. In addition to A Holy Ambition, these other ebooks are on us, too!

Great Titles, Deep Discounts

This Black Friday brings many more great titles at deep discounts—up to 80% off!

  • The Painted Table by Suzanne Field is just $1 today!
  • Bloodlines by John Piper teaches how the good news about Jesus Christ undermines the sins that feed racial strife.
  • Disciple by Bill Clem is a book about how God pursues people, how we pursue Him, and how He uses us to pursue others.
  • And many more!

These are just a few of the many great titles available in our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale. Be sure to tell your friends about these exclusive sales!